Monday, July 25, 2005

KIMI hit by retirement woe 

Kimi Raikkonen left Hockenheim knowing his chances of winning the drivers' world championship in 2005 have all but gone after retiring from the German Grand Prix while leading comfortably.

The Finn was forced to retire from the race after his McLaren-Mercedes suffered a hydraulic failure handing victory to championship leader Fernando Alonso.

"What can I say," the Finn told Reuters.

"It's always terrible to retire, whilst in the lead with a good gap to the number two car is even worse.

"This is the worst thing that could have happened as it looked like the race was in the bag."

Raikkonen must now qualify first in the order for next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix when the track is at its dirtiest which is a significant disadvantage.

The Hungaroring is also notoriously difficult track to pass on placing a premium on qualifying well.

With Raikkonen now 36 points adrift of Alonso it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the Finn can catch the Spaniard in the title race.

Kimi conceded as much himself before leaving the track.

"That is motor racing but it seems like I have my fair share of bad luck this season," he said.

"There is still a mathematical chance I could win the drivers' championship but it's getting difficult."

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